Lime: Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

posted by Meryl 09-07-102 9:04 PM

Key Lime Cheesecake Squares

1/2 cup crushed graham wafers or graham wafer crumbs
1/2 cup crushed vanilla wafers or vanilla wafer crumbs
1/4 cup ground blanched almonds
1/4 cup butter

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons grated lime zest
1/2 cup key lime juice, freshly squeezed*
1 teaspoon tapioca starch or cornstarch

Crust: Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. (325 F for dark pans).

In a mixing bowl, combine graham wafer crumbs, vanilla wafer crumbs and ground almonds. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or a fork until mixture is crumbly.

Prepare a 9 inch x 9 inch oven-proof casserole dish by spraying inside with a vegetable spray. Press wafer mixture firmly in bottom of casserole dish. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.

Filling: In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat softened cream cheese, sugar and egg until smooth. Add lime juice, grated lime zest and tapioca starch and beat until smooth and creamy. Spread mixture evenly over baked crust. Return to oven and bake at for 25 to 30 minutes or until set. Cool on wire rack.

Chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares to serve. If desired, decorate top of cheesecake with pieces of lime or halved small fresh strawberries or quartered maraschino cherries (red and green).

*Note: You can also use regular lime juice or use bottled key lime juice.

Makes 36 one and a half inch squares

Posted by William (Uncle Bill) Anatooskin

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